West Virginia Adds Lauren Cassano as Associate Head Coach

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West Virginia Adds Lauren Cassano as Associate Head Coach

The University of West Virginia announced on Monday that it has hired Lauren Cassano to the staff of head coach Vic Riggs.

Cassano was an assistant coach at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania last year. She oversaw the sprint and distance IM training groups and contributed to the team’s success in the classroom.

“I’m honored to be named the associate head coach of women’s swimming here, at WVU,” Cassano said in a university statement. “I look forward to being a positive addition to this strong coaching staff and continue to develop well-rounded student-athletes. I am grateful to Coach Riggs for this incredible opportunity.”

A native of Venetia, Pa., Cassano graduated from Grove City College in 2015 with a degree in exercise science. She was a four-year all-President Athletic Conference selection, breaking school records in two events. She won four PAC titles in the 100 and 200 backstroke events and two 200 individual medley titles for the Division III outfit.

Cassano coaching career began at Allegheny College from 2019-21. She spent four years as a strength and conditioning coach with UPMC Sports Performance in western Pennsylvania, working individually with Division I and professional athletes in a variety of sports.

“I’m pleased to have Lauren join our program as the new associate head coach for women’s swimming and diving,” Riggs said. “As I got to know Lauren over the interview process, her commitment to her student-athletes and their overall development as young adults was an important factor in our search. I look forward to Lauren joining the Mountaineer Family and helping our program continue to be the best it can be.”

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